New PDF release: A Deeper Blue: The Life and Music of Townes Van Zandt (North

By Robert Earl Hardy

ISBN-10: 1441609199

ISBN-13: 9781441609199

ISBN-10: 1574412477

ISBN-13: 9781574412475

This is often the 1st critical biography of a guy greatly one in every of Texas'?and America's?greatest songwriters. Like Jimmie Rodgers, Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, and Hank Williams, Townes Van Zandt was once the embodiment of that mythic American determine, the afflicted troubadour. A Deeper Blue lines Van Zandt's history because the scion of a renowned Texas relatives; his afflicted early years and his transformation from promising pre?law scholar to wandering people singer; his lifestyles at the street and the demons that pursued and have been pursued through him; the ladies who enjoyed and encouraged him; and the brilliance and enduring fantastic thing about his songs,which are explored intensive. the writer attracts on 8 years' huge learn and interviews with Townes' relatives and closest buddies and co-workers. He appears to be like past the legend and paints a colourful portrait of a fancy guy who embraced the darkness of demons and fable in addition to the sunshine of deep compassion and humanity, all "for the sake of the song."

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And as you wake up, the orderlies take you back to your room. They used to ask me how I felt, and I said, ‘well, it made me really, really sick,’ which it really, really did. And [Townes] said it made him really, really sick too. And this is something he told me too, but it’s pretty much run of the mill for everybody: You can’t remember your name. ”5 According to Dr. Jameson, the electroshock treatment alone “would probably have ended the episode that Mr. Van Zandt was treated for here. ” Van Zandt’s extreme behavior—a rash of serious drinking, sniffing glue to the point of unconsciousness, and taking off on spontaneous trips, removed from all responsibilities—was diagnosed as constituting a psychotic state.

17 At any rate, Townes Van Zandt joined the Academy Class of 1962 in the fall of 1960 to start his junior year of high school. The conflicts he was beginning to experience in his life surely became important ingredients in what must have been a very complex decision, however it was taken. ”18 He also got an intensive introduction to military discipline. “When we were there,” says classmate Froker, “it was a full-bore Army ROTC program. ’” Junior “new boy” cadet Van Where I Lead Me 27 Zandt was assigned to room with a young freshman from Oklahoma named Luke Sharpe, with whom he shared an interest in athletics.

Instead, Townes dropped out and hitchhiked to Minnesota, where he stayed with an old girlfriend near Shattuck. After a couple of days, Townes wandered onto the Shattuck campus and went to see his old acquaintance, the headmaster, who decided to try to help Townes’ cause. Townes was confused and discontented, but he trusted the headmaster and claimed he wanted to work. With a combination of understanding and indulgence, the headmaster laid out a list of teaching and coaching duties he thought Townes could perform if he were to accept a position there at Shattuck.

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